You could waste hundreds of pounds a year on gas bills and car repairs if you ignore these five simple rules

Going home for Christmas? With fuel prices soaring, you’ll want to cut costs as much as possible.

I spoke to Duncan McClure Fisher, founder of MotorEasy, to ask him about the quick and simple changes we can all make to our cars and driving habits.

Cut your fuel costs with our top tips


Cut your fuel costs with our top tipsCredit: Shutterstock

Here is his advice.

CRUISE CONTROL: Avoiding heavy movements, acceleration, revving and sudden braking will prevent wear and tear and maximize fuel use.

A study by insurance company Direct Line found that poor driving habits can add up to almost £50 a month in fuel bills.

BACK IT BACK: Bicycle racks and canopies are great for the holidays, but leaving them in your car year-round can add up to 25% more on your gas bill.

So for every £70 spent to refill your cistern, it will cost you up to £17.50 just to carry the rack on the roof.

It’s also a good idea to remove clutter from the trunk, as that also makes the car less efficient.

NOT FUEL: Don’t drive around until your fuel tank is almost empty as it can cause debris and debris to be pulled into your vehicle.

Over time, this can lead to some costly repairs. The problem is even worse with diesel-powered cars.

AIR CHANGE: Car air conditioners are not durable with time.

It will eventually leak refrigerant gas, which needs to be refilled. This happens much faster if the air conditioner is not in use.

Running it reasonably often will help keep it working properly for longer, saving you around £80 on a gas rework fee.

FIX PROBLEM: If your car has a problem, get it checked out as soon as possible – otherwise, it could get worse.

One of the worst and most common problems is a faulty cam belt, which can cause a car to stop.

If your car displays a warning light, have it checked as soon as possible.

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